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Trump administration proposes 11th-hour plan to strip California desert protections

The Guardian - 15 min 53 sec ago

Plan would open up desert areas to mining projects, eliminating up to 2.2m acres of conservation lands

The outgoing Trump administration is proposing to strip away protections for millions of acres of California desert, threatening damage to Joshua trees, desert tortoises and landmarks.

The plan would open up California’s desert areas to mining projects, eliminate up to 2.2m acres of conservation lands, as well as remove 1.8m acres designated as Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (Acecs).

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Biden to cancel $9bn Keystone XL pipeline's permit, says source

The Guardian - 43 min 14 sec ago

Rescinding permit is on list of executive actions thought to be scheduled for first day in office

Joe Biden is planning to cancel the permit for the $9bn Keystone XL pipeline project as one of his first acts as president, perhaps as soon as his first day in office, according to a source familiar with his thinking.

Donald Trump had made building the pipeline a central promise of his presidential campaign. Biden, who will be inaugurated on Wednesday, was vice-president in the Obama administration when it rejected the project as contrary to its efforts to combat the climate crisis.

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The weather's dismal but it shouldn’t stop us enjoying our local wildlife this lockdown | Chris Packham

The Guardian - 1 hour 30 min ago

Winter is when you get the very best out of your senses. Bare trees mean that you can hear every sound and watch for birds

Do you remember the first lockdown? We were scared but for most of us it was easier than this gloomy winter shutdown. We hadn’t endured a year of the coronavirus crisis – of fears for vulnerable family members, of economic shock, mental health challenges and ruined livelihoods. It was also the sunniest spring ever. The traffic stopped, the birds sang and so many people reported positive benefits for their mental and physical wellbeing from connecting with nature.

I hoped that we would all remember those physical and mental health benefits of spending time in wild green places. But I fear it’s not happening.

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Curious kids: how do gills work?

The Conversation - 5 hours 3 min ago
Rather than breathing in and out through the mouth, fish use a one-way system, passing water in one direction over their gills. Culum Brown, Professor, Macquarie University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Gas companies rank among largest funders of Australian political parties

RenewEconomy - 6 hours 11 min ago

clive palmer political donations fossil fuels - optimisedAustralia's mining and gas companies named as by far the largest backers of Australia's political parties, buying "deeply problematic" influence, new analysis shows.

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Solar hydrogen plant to power Queensland college, golf course, buses

RenewEconomy - 6 hours 22 min ago

Energy Estate to develop “campus-scale” renewable hydrogen plant at Hills International College – a Queensland school specialising in vocational training and golf instruction.

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Wave energy researchers test waters off Albany as renewable sweet spot

RenewEconomy - 7 hours 15 min ago

University of Western Australia researchers deploy second monitoring device off Albany coast, a region that could be an important showroom for wave energy technology.

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Trina Solar first PV manufacturer to obtain a dual Environmental Protection Certification

RenewEconomy - 7 hours 35 min ago

Trina Solar Co., Ltd. has recently obtained dual “Environmental Product Declaration” certifications from UL, the global independent safety science certification institute, and EPDItaly.

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Wind farm at centre of vandalism incident applies for planning approval

RenewEconomy - 7 hours 37 min ago

OSMI Australia submits final project design for proposed Delburn wind farm, seeking approval to build up to 33 turbines in Victoria's Latrobe Valley.

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Biden’s Senate majority will super-charge climate action – and not just in the US

RenewEconomy - 8 hours 8 min ago

With a better picture of the climate-engaged Biden administration, the question for Australia is how the US changes will affect domestic climate politics.

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Industrial hub to host big battery in the heart of NSW coal country

RenewEconomy - 8 hours 53 min ago

Steel River Eco Estate (supplied).The Steel River Eco Estate, in the heart of the New South Wales Hunter Region, has unveiled plans to host a 28MW big battery system.

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Biden’s Senate majority doesn't just super-charge US climate action, it blazes a trail for Australia

The Conversation - 15 hours 28 min ago
An aggressive US climate policy rollout could provide a much needed dose of reality to the climate discourse in Canberra – and show Australia the transition can be done. Jim Orchard, Adjunct Lecturer, Monash University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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Disaster season is here — do you have a Resilience Action Plan? Here's how the small town of Tarnagulla built theirs

The Conversation - 15 hours 29 min ago
The small fire and heatwave prone town of Tarnagulla got together, applied for funding and co-produced a resilience action plan so they're better prepared for the next disaster. Mittul Vahanvati, Lecturer, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University Licensed as Creative Commons – attribution, no derivatives.
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The government will find taking back control brings its own headaches | Anand Menon and Alan Wager

The Guardian - Sun, 2021-01-17 19:30

From workers’ rights to hormones in beef, voters expect our politicians to regulate big business just as Brussels did

“Take back control” worked wonderfully well as a campaign slogan. It infuriated Remainers while Leavers struggled to specify any European Union rule that they would change should they be able to do so. However, Dominic Cummings knew all too well it was the idea of control, rather than the question of what to do with it, that mattered most to Leave voters. The latter was a problem for later.

Later has now arrived. The UK has indeed reclaimed its sovereignty. As a result, we will now have to come to decide what kind of country we aspire to be in terms of broader regulatory terms. The available evidence suggests that the government won’t find it as easy to keep on the right side of public opinion when exercising its new-found power as it did when it demanded control.

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The biggest Coalition conspiracy theory is climate change denial | Greg Jericho

The Guardian - Sun, 2021-01-17 05:00

MPs’ unfounded claims about the US Capitol attack and Covid treatments pale next to the granddaddy of misinformation

Nasa announced this week that 2020 – a year which included a La Niña event normally associated with lower temperatures – was the hottest year on record. It was also the week in which the Morrison government used racist tropes to distract and excuse conspiracy statements made by its MPs.

Related: 2020 was hottest year on record by narrow margin, Nasa says

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Carbon capture is vital to meeting climate goals, scientists tell green critics

The Guardian - Sun, 2021-01-17 03:36

Supporters insist that storage technology is not a costly mistake but the best way for UK to cut emissions from heavy industry

Engineers and geologists have strongly criticised green groups who last week claimed that carbon capture and storage schemes – for reducing fossil fuel emissions – are costly mistakes.

The scientists insisted that such schemes are vital weapons in the battle against global heating and warn that failure to set up ways to trap carbon dioxide and store it underground would make it almost impossible to hold net emissions to below zero by 2050.

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SLS: Nasa's 'megarocket' set to fire up engines in crucial test

BBC - Sat, 2021-01-16 20:16
The four main engines for Nasa's new "megarocket" are to be fired in unison for the first time.
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Outcry as Trump officials to transfer sacred Native American land to miners

The Guardian - Sat, 2021-01-16 19:30

Critics condemn ‘callous betrayal’ after Trump officials set in motion transfer of Oak Flat to Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton

As one of its last acts, the Trump administration has set in motion the transfer of sacred Native American lands to a pair of Anglo-Australian mining conglomerates.

The 2,422-acre Arizona parcel called Oak Flat is of enormous significance to the Western Apache and is now on track for destruction by what is slated to be one of the largest copper mining operations in the United States.

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CP Daily: Friday January 15, 2021

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2021-01-16 12:24
A daily summary of our news plus bite-sized updates from around the world.
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Biden administration unlikely to use carbon pricing to hit US climate goals -experts

Carbon Pulse - Sat, 2021-01-16 07:36
US President-elect Joe Biden (D) is unlikely to prioritise a federal carbon pricing plan despite the Democrats now controlling the Senate, while the executive and legislative branches may work in tandem to advance other decarbonisation policy goals, a panel heard Friday.
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